The theme for this year’s Congress was Voices that challenge. We live in a society that is increasingly pluralistic and diverse. It is diverse in its social values, religious beliefs, political affiliations and cultural ethnicity. It is in this context that there is, in Ireland today, a robust debate about the nature of Religious Education, and in particular about its place in schools.
We hear different voices expressing a variety of opinions and concerns but, amidst this cacophony of voices, we might not always hear the insistent, still, small voices within and among us.
Which voices should we listen to? How do we find our own voice? How do we encourage others to nurture their own voice? At this year’s National Religious Education Congress we wanted to explore how we can create space in our lives, our schools and our communities so that different voices can be expressed, listened to and heard.
World Meeting of Families 2018 - Launch of School Programme
The World Meeting of Families in August 2018 will be a hugely significant event for the Church and society in Ireland. What is the significance of this event for schools? What roles can our Catholic schools play in preparing for this event? What will this event have to say about the vital relationship between families and school?
These questions will be explored at the Religious Education Congress 2017.
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Religious Education and Intercultural Dialogue in the Contemporary Church
Dr Leonardo Franchi
WORKSHOP: Dance Meditation: Dancing in Divine Rhythm
Sr Bernadette Purcell pbvm
WORKSHOP: Vocare: To Find the Voice of an Assembly
WORKSHOP: Inter-belief Dialogue and Belief Circles in Catholic Schools
Dr Patricia Kieran
WORKSHOPS: Challenges Facing Religious Education
WORKSHOP: The Grow in Love Series: Listening to Children’s Voices
WORKSHOP: Entering the Inner Sanctuary: Meditation & Mindfulness as Paths to Inner Wholeness and Resilience
Br Richard Hendrick
WORKSHOP: Voices that challenge and challenging voices online